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Sunday, 22 February 2009

National day of mourning...

Today we will pause to reflect on the tragedy and loss of Black Saturday, February 7th 2009, the worst bushfires in Australian history.

Today at 11am EST, Australians will pay their respects. Thousands are expected to join each other in Melbourne, and many more across Australia, to mourn the lives of those lost in the tragedy.

This photo was taken in Marysville in 2007. This small town, with a population of around 500, has been almost totally destroyed by the fires, with enormous loss of life and property.

The flower is a warratah and is native to Australia.

4 comments:

trashalou said...

I shall stay awake tonight to take part. Thank you.

Kate James said...

I've been watching some of the service on the ABC. So very sad. Times like this remind us of what really matters in life.

little red hen said...

When I took the kids to Melbourne last year we drove up to the mountains to see the snow. We stopped in marysville to hire our snow gear. The town was beautiful and the people warm and friendly. We all thought what a lovely place it would be to live there. It was heartbreaking to see the devistation on the tv.

L said...

I'll be thinking of all those affected.